Affordable Care Act Resources for Consumers

Personal Finance July 02, 2013|Print

Consumers can find detailed information about the Affordable Care Act in the resources listed below. These web sites and documents will help you navigate the options and choices available under the new health reform law.

HealthCare.gov web site
The federal government’s main web site for Affordable Care Act information and resources.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ask an Expert -- Health Insurance Literacy
This eXtension community exists to help people make smart health insurance choices and to plan for health care costs. The Ask an Expert service enables you to submit your own questions about the Affordable Care Act. Health Insurance Literacy is a coalition of university faculty from across the U.S. whose goal is to help you make informed choices about your health care expenses.
Source: eXtension

About the Affordable Care Act law
This site outlines the key features of the Affordable Care Act.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health Reform: Seven Things You Need to Know (PDF document)
This 16-page publication by Consumer Reports describes key features of the ACA and how it impacts health care decisions.
Source: Consumer Reports

How the Health Care Law Benefits You – State by State
Includes an interactive U.S. map where you can click on your state to find out about health care options.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Insuring Your Health - Guides and Worksheets
A series of publications from the University of Maryland with information and worksheets designed to help consumers understand basic insurance concepts and make health care decisions. Includes worksheets to list doctors seen and health conditions treated, record prescription medicines taken, compare three health insurance plans, and prioritize health insurance needs. The site also includes a spending plan worksheet, a glossary of terms, and an illustration of health care cost-sharing.
Source: University of Maryland Extension

Summary of Coverage Provisions in the Affordable Care Act
Provides a 2-page summary of key ACA provisions including the individual mandate and employer requirements.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

The Affordable Care Act Fact Sheets
Provides links for four separate fact sheets about the ACA including one related to small businesses and rural communities.
Source: University of Wisconsin

Your State Marketplace
Access the Health Insurance Marketplace for information about the health insurance coverage options that will be available in your state.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

How Much Will a Family Save Under the New Federal Health Law?
This calculator helps users estimate the cost of health care under ACA with and without government subsidies.
Source: University of California-Berkeley Labor Center

Other Affordable Care Act resources:

Affordable Care Act Resources for Educators

Affordable Care Act Resources for Farmers and Agricultural Producers

Affordable Care Act Resources for Small Businesses

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Disclaimer: The Affordable Care Act contains many complex rules. The materials provided here are for informational purposes. They are intended to help you gain a better understanding about the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and how they may affect you. The materials are not intended to be a substitute for personalized, professional advice.